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It will be interesting to see whether the high interest in the May 2 Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight will trigger an overall revival of interest in boxing.

A good test will take place at the Barclays Center on April 11 as Andy Lee will take on Peter Quillin as the key undercard match with Lamont Peterson taking on undefeated Danny Garcia who is yet another stellar fighter to come out of Philadelphia.

The promoter is Lou DiBella you can expect a lot of New York-based boxers such as Danny Jacobs to have matches on the card as well. Ticket prices range from $50 to $300. If a $300 ringside ticket sounds steep, keep in mind that won’t even get you a room at a fleabag motel in Las Vegas the first weekend of May.

NBC Sports will be televising the action at Barclays Center live that night which marks a return of boxing to primetime broadcast network television and that’s bad news for premium cable networks as HBO and Showtime as well as obviously for the pay-per-view boxing cable industry.

Columbia University named former longtime University of Pennsylvania football head coach Al Bagnoli to be their hew football head coach. Given the Lions’ pathetic history, this could be the hardest job in all of sports. I asked Bagnoli at his introductory press conference last week if he would guarantee that the Lions, who have lost 21 straight games, would win a game in 2015. He refused to commit to that lofty goal.

Nevertheless I have faith that Bagnoli, who reminds me in many ways of being a younger version of legendary St. John’s University men’s basketball Louie Carnesecca, will be able to make the Columbia football program, which has been a national joke for over 50 years, semi-respectable.

His upbeat attitude is a welcomed change from dour departed head coach Pete Mangurian. Columbia Lions fans and alums will have to be patient a little while longer until Bagnoli gets a chance to recruit his own players. Until then he is stuck with whomever Mangurian and his staff selected.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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